Orzo with Bacon and Asparagus

Orzo with Bacon and Asparagus

This skillet dinner has it all - orzo, bacon and asparagus blended in a quick meal.

Prep Time

35

Minutes

Total Time

35

Minutes

Makes

3

(1

6
slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1
(14-oz.) can fat-free chicken broth with 1/3 less sodium
6 1/2
oz. (1 cup) uncooked orzo or rosamarina (rice-shaped pasta)
8
oz. fresh asparagus spears, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4
cup sliced roasted red bell peppers (from a jar)
2
oz. (1/2 cup) shredded fresh Asiago or Parmesan cheese
  1. Cook bacon in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Reserve bacon and 2 tablespoons bacon drippings in skillet. Add broth; bring to a boil. Add orzo. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 5 minutes.
  2. Add asparagus and roasted peppers; cover and cook an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until orzo and asparagus are tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle individual servings with cheese.
Makes 3 (1 1/3-cup) servings
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Ingredient Info
Asiago is an Italian cow's milk cheese. It's rich nutty flavor sharpens as the cheese ages. Young Asiago makes a mild table cheese while aged Asiago is a flavorful grating cheese. Try aged asiago in place of Parmesan in your favorite recipes.
Ingredient Substitution
It's easy to roast a red bell pepper for this recipe. Securely pierce a pepper through the stem with a fork and hold it over a gas burner flame, rotating it until it's blackened on all sides. Immediately transfer the pepper to a small paper bag; close the bag. let the pepper steam in the bag for 5 minutes, then peel it.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 1/3 Cups)
  • Calories 430
    • (Calories from Fat 125),
  • Total Fat 14g
    • (Saturated Fat 6g,),
  • Cholesterol 25mg;
  • Sodium 840mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 52g
    • (Dietary Fiber 2g,
    • Sugars 3g),
  • Protein 24g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 3 1/2 Starch;
    • 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 2 High-Fat Meat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 3 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.